NRCCE welcomes Cristina Dumitrescu

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April 29, 2015 by Kathy Jesperson, NRCCE

Cristina Dumitrescu May 2015

Cristina Dumitrescu has joined the NRCCE as the center’s new engineering program coordinator. Photo Tracy Novak.

Morgantown, W.Va. – Cristina Dumitrescu has joined the National Research Center for Coal and Energy (NRCCE) at West Virginia University as the center’s new engineering program coordinator. In her job at the NRCCE, Cristina will be helping with program development—putting together proposals, identifying opportunities, administering awards.

“I am looking forward to supporting the NRCCE’s contribution to enhance WVU’s mission in energy and the environment,” she said.

For more than 10 years, Cristina has coordinated and managed research and development (R&D) projects in private energy sector. She holds a Master of Business Administration in management and finance from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama.

Cristina said that it is just natural that she ended up working in engineering. “At an early age, I learned from my father, a heat transfer engineer, that science can provide a rational answer to most of my questions,” she said. “Growing up, I enjoyed studying literature, but excelled at exact sciences.  A path in engineering was an easy choice to make.”

Cristina began her professional career in Bucharest, Romania, as a project engineer for Bergerat Monnoyeur International. There she provided technical expertise in a team-driven atmosphere. From there, her professional career choices led her to jobs with the Bradford White Corporation, Carrier Corporation and the University of Alabama.

She has excelled at implementing energy savings technologies within new products, such as gas boilers and furnaces.

“Cristina is an engineer who understands many fundamental energy topics and has worked in the private sector for small firms to a large multinational company where she helped develop technology with an international team of researchers,” said Trina Wafle, deputy director of the NRCCE.

“My responsibilities at the NRCCE include technical and administrative management support for various programs, proposals preparation and submission, and facilitating the development of new initiatives between NRCCE and other WVU investigators,” Cristina said.

Cristina is also looking forward to her free time in Morgantown. “Growing up in a mountain region, I spend most of my spare time outdoors hiking, biking and kayaking,” she said. And Morgantown and West Virginia offer her plenty of opportunities to explore her hobbies. Cristina also enjoys traveling and exploring new areas.

Faculty and staff are invited to contact Cristina at 304.293.6906 or


CONTACT: Cristina Dumitrescu; NRCCE

Advancing innovations for energy and the environment is at the heart of the NRCCE. The center works closely with WVU faculty members to coordinate large-scale, multidisciplinary research and outreach programs that result in cleaner, more efficient, more affordable ways to produce and use energy, protect land and water, and promote economic vitality. Established in 1979 as the Energy Research Center, today the NRCCE works with more than 100 WVU faculty members and research professionals to conduct programs in fuel and power; energy efficiency; environmental remediation; alternative transportation fuels and rural water infrastructure.